Melbourne beats Tianjen 2-1
Melbourne beat Group E leaders Tianjin Teda 2-1 on Wednesday to
keep alive its playoff hopes in the Asian Champions League.
Carlos Hernandez and Kevin Muscat scored goals just before
halftime as Melbourne came from behind after China’s Tianjen led
through a 37th-minute goal by striker Chen Tao.
Hernandez scored with a curling free kick in the 44th minute and
Muscat from the penalty spot 60 seconds later after Tianjen
defender Cao Yang was ajudged to have fouled Robbie Kruse.
Nine yellow cards were handed out in an ill-tempered match and
Melbourne defender Surat Sukha was sent off for a second yellow
with eight minutes remaining.
The win was Melbourne’s first in four matches but it remained in
playoffs contention after Japan’s Gamba Osaka beat Korea’s Jeju
United 3-1 in Wednesday’s other Group E match.